Period
to 16 October 2021

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 6 months to 16 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Microsoft
England > London
6 months to
16 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 15 15 13
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 3,180 1,282 3,884
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 9.02% 9.29% 10.50%
As % of the Vendors category 23.81% 23.14% 26.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,214 874 2,758
10th Percentile £250 £235 £175
25th Percentile £405 £363 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £515 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +8.42% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £613 £575 £563
90th Percentile £713 £650 £650
England median daily rate £450 £432 £425
% change year-on-year +4.10% +1.71% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 20 106
10th Percentile £11.61 £12.69 £12.44
25th Percentile £15.00 £12.76 £14.20
Median hourly rate £17.84 £16.50 £19.25
Median % change year-on-year +8.11% -14.29% +2.94%
75th Percentile £27.94 £20.50 £25.68
90th Percentile £44.38 £24.58 £36.70
England median hourly rate £16.25 £16.47 £16.50
% change year-on-year -1.34% -0.18% +5.10%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in London.

All Vendors
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 13,357 5,540 14,593
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 37.89% 40.16% 39.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,138 3,797 10,005
10th Percentile £338 £300 £269
25th Percentile £450 £406 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
75th Percentile £650 £615 £588
90th Percentile £738 £713 £675
England median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 125 35 241
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.72 £12.44
25th Percentile £15.50 £15.00 £15.60
Median hourly rate £24.00 £20.00 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +20.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £44.50 £37.88 £28.00
90th Percentile £58.25 £49.73 £50.00
England median hourly rate £19.00 £20.25 £19.00
% change year-on-year -6.17% +6.58% +9.64%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in London.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in London over the 6 months to 16 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in London.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in London over the 6 months to 16 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the London region over the 6 months to 16 October 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Central London -1 416 £525 +10.53% 379
West London +4 69 £468 +3.89% 120
South London +33 50 £375 +20.00% 42
East London -8 14 £288 -24.14% 106
North London - 1 £405 - 10
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 16 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the London region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 1,563 (49.15%) Azure
2 902 (28.36%) Finance
3 898 (28.24%) Social Skills
4 756 (23.77%) Agile Software Development
5 752 (23.65%) Microsoft 365
6 745 (23.43%) Windows
7 706 (22.20%) Active Directory
8 668 (21.01%) SQL
9 616 (19.37%) DevOps
10 479 (15.06%) Microsoft Office
11 478 (15.03%) SQL Server
12 454 (14.28%) Power Platform
13 447 (14.06%) PowerShell
14 435 (13.68%) Migration
14 435 (13.68%) Business Intelligence
15 423 (13.30%) C#
16 374 (11.76%) SharePoint
16 374 (11.76%) Analytics
17 363 (11.42%) .NET
18 360 (11.32%) Problem-Solving
19 358 (11.26%) Power BI
20 357 (11.23%) Microsoft Excel
21 342 (10.75%) AWS
22 312 (9.81%) Scrum
23 308 (9.69%) Banking
24 289 (9.09%) ITIL
25 279 (8.77%) VMware
26 278 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
27 275 (8.65%) Azure Active Directory
28 264 (8.30%) Windows 10

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 374 (11.76%) SharePoint
2 95 (2.99%) Confluence
3 90 (2.83%) MS Exchange
4 54 (1.70%) IIS
5 53 (1.67%) Apache Spark
6 43 (1.35%) Apache
7 33 (1.04%) CMS
8 24 (0.75%) Skype for Business
9 18 (0.57%) Tomcat
10 16 (0.50%) SAS
11 15 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
11 15 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
12 14 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
13 13 (0.41%) nginx
14 12 (0.38%) Apache Airflow
14 12 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2010
15 11 (0.35%) Drupal
16 10 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 10 (0.31%) WebSphere
17 9 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 479 (15.06%) Microsoft Office
2 357 (11.23%) Microsoft Excel
3 176 (5.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 97 (3.05%) Microsoft Project
5 94 (2.96%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 10 (0.31%) Figma
8 9 (0.28%) Photoshop
9 8 (0.25%) Chatbot
10 5 (0.16%) SPSS
11 3 (0.094%) InVision
11 3 (0.094%) Marvel
11 3 (0.094%) Mingle
11 3 (0.094%) Open Workbench
11 3 (0.094%) Sketch
12 2 (0.063%) Adobe Illustrator
12 2 (0.063%) Camtasia
12 2 (0.063%) InDesign
12 2 (0.063%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 145 (4.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 43 (1.35%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (0.41%) Sentinel
4 12 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
5 9 (0.28%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
6 7 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
7 6 (0.19%) Markit EDM
7 6 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
8 5 (0.16%) NetSuite
8 5 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
8 5 (0.16%) SAP ERP
8 5 (0.16%) SAP FI
9 4 (0.13%) Magento
9 4 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
9 4 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 4 (0.13%) thinkFolio
10 3 (0.094%) Dynamics GP
10 3 (0.094%) Oracle General Ledger
10 3 (0.094%) Oracle Receivables
10 3 (0.094%) PlanetPress Connect
Cloud Services
1 1,563 (49.15%) Azure
2 752 (23.65%) Microsoft 365
3 454 (14.28%) Power Platform
4 342 (10.75%) AWS
5 275 (8.65%) Azure Active Directory
6 214 (6.73%) Dynamics 365
7 200 (6.29%) PaaS
8 168 (5.28%) IaaS
9 152 (4.78%) Azure Data Factory
10 144 (4.53%) PowerApps
11 116 (3.65%) GCP
11 116 (3.65%) GitHub
12 110 (3.46%) SaaS
13 95 (2.99%) Serverless
14 94 (2.96%) Power Automate
15 90 (2.83%) OneDrive
16 89 (2.80%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 70 (2.20%) Azure Functions
18 63 (1.98%) Azure Logic Apps
19 55 (1.73%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 181 (5.69%) DNS
2 171 (5.38%) Firewall
3 120 (3.77%) DHCP
4 79 (2.48%) TCP/IP
5 78 (2.45%) LAN
6 65 (2.04%) VPN
7 64 (2.01%) WAN
8 58 (1.82%) Internet
9 48 (1.51%) Unified Communications
10 42 (1.32%) Network Security
10 42 (1.32%) SAN
10 42 (1.32%) Skype
11 41 (1.29%) VoIP
12 38 (1.19%) Kerberos
13 37 (1.16%) WebEx
14 35 (1.10%) SSL
15 33 (1.04%) Wireless
16 26 (0.82%) NAS
17 24 (0.75%) RTMP
18 22 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 478 (15.03%) SQL Server
2 358 (11.26%) Power BI
3 220 (6.92%) Data Warehouse
4 168 (5.28%) Data Lake
5 154 (4.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 121 (3.81%) Azure SQL Database
7 102 (3.21%) Big Data
8 82 (2.58%) Relational Database
9 81 (2.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 78 (2.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 77 (2.42%) Tableau
12 65 (2.04%) PostgreSQL
13 58 (1.82%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 49 (1.54%) MySQL
15 43 (1.35%) NoSQL
16 40 (1.26%) Hadoop
16 40 (1.26%) Metadata
17 37 (1.16%) QlikView
18 35 (1.10%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
19 30 (0.94%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 188 (5.91%) JIRA
2 171 (5.38%) Jenkins
3 142 (4.47%) Git (software)
4 89 (2.80%) TeamCity
5 80 (2.52%) Visual Studio
6 79 (2.48%) Maven
7 67 (2.11%) Gradle
8 45 (1.42%) Selenium
8 45 (1.42%) Team Foundation Server
9 39 (1.23%) Visual Studio Team System
10 36 (1.13%) Subversion
11 28 (0.88%) SpecFlow
12 25 (0.79%) Cucumber
12 25 (0.79%) Sonatype Nexus
13 22 (0.69%) PowerDesigner
14 21 (0.66%) Bitbucket
15 20 (0.63%) SonarQube
16 16 (0.50%) GitLab
16 16 (0.50%) MSI
17 13 (0.41%) Moq
General
1 902 (28.36%) Finance
2 898 (28.24%) Social Skills
3 308 (9.69%) Banking
4 278 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
5 157 (4.94%) Public Sector
6 149 (4.69%) Marketing
7 143 (4.50%) Presentation Skills
8 123 (3.87%) Investment Banking
9 96 (3.02%) Front Office
10 88 (2.77%) Legal
11 84 (2.64%) Organisational Skills
12 78 (2.45%) Telecoms
13 76 (2.39%) Documentation Skills
14 57 (1.79%) Retail
15 49 (1.54%) Influencing Skills
16 41 (1.29%) Manufacturing
17 40 (1.26%) Financial Institution
18 35 (1.10%) Electronics
19 27 (0.85%) Law
20 26 (0.82%) Digital Economy
Job Titles
1 492 (15.47%) Architect
2 451 (14.18%) Developer
3 434 (13.65%) Analyst
4 209 (6.57%) Azure Engineer
5 198 (6.23%) Consultant
6 166 (5.22%) Solutions Architect
7 162 (5.09%) Azure Architect
8 146 (4.59%) Project Manager
9 133 (4.18%) Support Engineer
10 124 (3.90%) DevOps Engineer
11 110 (3.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 108 (3.40%) Business Analyst
13 100 (3.14%) .NET Developer
14 98 (3.08%) Data Engineer
15 84 (2.64%) Cloud Architect
16 79 (2.48%) Technical Architect
17 78 (2.45%) IT Support
18 75 (2.36%) C# Developer
19 72 (2.26%) Cloud Engineer
20 68 (2.14%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 363 (11.42%) .NET
2 121 (3.81%) HTML
3 109 (3.43%) Web Services
4 103 (3.24%) CSS
5 82 (2.58%) RESTful
6 80 (2.52%) .NET Framework
7 76 (2.39%) JSON
8 73 (2.30%) REST
9 72 (2.26%) .NET Core
10 69 (2.17%) ASP.NET
11 68 (2.14%) AngularJS
12 59 (1.86%) React
13 58 (1.82%) HTML5
14 56 (1.76%) Kafka
15 50 (1.57%) WPF
16 47 (1.48%) SAML
17 46 (1.45%) ARM Templates
18 45 (1.42%) LDAP
19 43 (1.35%) XML
20 41 (1.29%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 124 (3.90%) Data Centre
2 108 (3.40%) Management Information System
3 96 (3.02%) Public Cloud
4 76 (2.39%) User Experience
5 62 (1.95%) Self-Motivation
6 56 (1.76%) Mobile App
7 53 (1.67%) Virtual Team
8 50 (1.57%) Cloud Native
9 45 (1.42%) Hybrid Cloud
10 43 (1.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 41 (1.29%) Video Conferencing
12 36 (1.13%) Data Structures
13 33 (1.04%) NHS
13 33 (1.04%) Replication
14 32 (1.01%) Legacy Systems
15 31 (0.97%) Data Protection Act
16 29 (0.91%) Clustering
16 29 (0.91%) Greenfield Project
17 27 (0.85%) Derivative
17 27 (0.85%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 745 (23.43%) Windows
2 264 (8.30%) Windows 10
3 257 (8.08%) Windows Server
4 182 (5.72%) Linux
5 110 (3.46%) Windows Server 2012
6 81 (2.55%) Windows 7
7 78 (2.45%) Windows Server 2019
8 66 (2.08%) Windows Server 2016
9 61 (1.92%) Apple iOS
9 61 (1.92%) Unix
10 60 (1.89%) Windows Server 2008
11 55 (1.73%) Android
12 52 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 49 (1.54%) Mac OS
14 16 (0.50%) Ubuntu
15 13 (0.41%) Mac OS X
16 10 (0.31%) Solaris
17 8 (0.25%) CentOS
17 8 (0.25%) Windows 8
18 7 (0.22%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 756 (23.77%) Agile Software Development
2 616 (19.37%) DevOps
3 435 (13.68%) Business Intelligence
3 435 (13.68%) Migration
4 374 (11.76%) Analytics
5 360 (11.32%) Problem-Solving
6 312 (9.81%) Scrum
7 289 (9.09%) ITIL
8 259 (8.14%) Project Management
9 239 (7.52%) Stakeholder Management
10 206 (6.48%) Infrastructure as Code
11 195 (6.13%) Data Modelling
12 189 (5.94%) Change Management
12 189 (5.94%) CRM
13 157 (4.94%) Project Delivery
14 148 (4.65%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 141 (4.43%) ETL
15 141 (4.43%) Microservices
16 138 (4.34%) Test Automation
17 127 (3.99%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 668 (21.01%) SQL
2 447 (14.06%) PowerShell
3 423 (13.30%) C#
4 254 (7.99%) Python
5 234 (7.36%) JavaScript
6 221 (6.95%) Java
7 119 (3.74%) T-SQL
8 75 (2.36%) Bash Shell
9 64 (2.01%) TypeScript
10 54 (1.70%) C
11 47 (1.48%) VBA
12 40 (1.26%) R
13 36 (1.13%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 30 (0.94%) VB
15 24 (0.75%) VB.NET
15 24 (0.75%) XAML
16 23 (0.72%) Groovy
17 22 (0.69%) C++
18 21 (0.66%) VBScript
19 18 (0.57%) Scala
Qualifications
1 243 (7.64%) Security Cleared
2 191 (6.01%) Degree
3 181 (5.69%) SC Cleared
4 139 (4.37%) Microsoft Certification
5 47 (1.48%) MCSE
6 41 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
7 38 (1.19%) Computer Science Degree
8 36 (1.13%) Cisco Certification
9 33 (1.04%) CISSP
10 30 (0.94%) DV Cleared
11 29 (0.91%) PMI Certification
12 28 (0.88%) MCSA
13 25 (0.79%) TOGAF Certification
14 24 (0.75%) PMP
15 22 (0.69%) CCNA
16 19 (0.60%) Numerate Degree
17 18 (0.57%) CIMA
18 17 (0.53%) Master's Degree
18 17 (0.53%) MCITP
19 16 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 105 (3.30%) GDPR
2 103 (3.24%) QA
3 90 (2.83%) Data Quality
3 90 (2.83%) SLA
4 64 (2.01%) PMO
5 58 (1.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 26 (0.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 21 (0.66%) NIST
8 12 (0.38%) COBIT
8 12 (0.38%) PCI DSS
9 11 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
10 9 (0.28%) GRC
11 8 (0.25%) Accessibility
12 7 (0.22%) Basel III
12 7 (0.22%) ISO 22301
13 6 (0.19%) ISO 9001
14 5 (0.16%) FedRAMP
14 5 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 5 (0.16%) NCSC
15 4 (0.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 706 (22.20%) Active Directory
2 206 (6.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 201 (6.32%) Docker
4 60 (1.89%) Virtual Desktop
5 48 (1.51%) Hyper-V
6 44 (1.38%) VMware ESXi
7 43 (1.35%) vSphere
7 43 (1.35%) XenApp
8 33 (1.04%) Microsoft App-V
8 33 (1.04%) XenDesktop
9 29 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
10 21 (0.66%) Virtual Servers
11 14 (0.44%) NFS
12 12 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 12 (0.38%) VMware Workstation
13 11 (0.35%) VMware NSX
14 8 (0.25%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 8 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
15 4 (0.13%) OpenAM
16 3 (0.094%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 250 (7.86%) Terraform
2 226 (7.11%) Kubernetes
3 209 (6.57%) SCCM
4 175 (5.50%) Microsoft Intune
5 132 (4.15%) Ansible
6 73 (2.30%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 55 (1.73%) Single Sign-On
8 46 (1.45%) Puppet
9 27 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
10 20 (0.63%) SCOM
11 19 (0.60%) Jamf Pro
12 18 (0.57%) Cisco CUCM
13 14 (0.44%) Rancher
14 13 (0.41%) Control-M
15 12 (0.38%) Prometheus
16 11 (0.35%) AirWatch
16 11 (0.35%) Grafana
17 10 (0.31%) FortiGate
17 10 (0.31%) Kibana
17 10 (0.31%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 279 (8.77%) VMware
2 196 (6.16%) Databricks
3 193 (6.07%) Oracle
4 165 (5.19%) Citrix
5 158 (4.97%) Cisco
6 139 (4.37%) SAP
7 118 (3.71%) Google
8 103 (3.24%) ServiceNow
9 72 (2.26%) Salesforce.com
10 58 (1.82%) Red Hat
11 50 (1.57%) Apple
12 46 (1.45%) HP
13 41 (1.29%) IBM
13 41 (1.29%) Ivanti
14 38 (1.19%) EMC
15 35 (1.10%) Dell
16 34 (1.07%) Adobe
16 34 (1.07%) Splunk
17 31 (0.97%) Atlassian
18 26 (0.82%) CheckPoint